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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (August 12, 2011) – For a small-town Georgia boy, Brantley Gilbert is making a big impact “country wide.” The lead single, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” off his debut album with The Valory Music Co. is quickly making its way up the charts, already escalating into the Top 20. The impending project, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE, is slated for release on September 13, 2011 in stores and online.

Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, said, "Time has come!  The demand for this album, of which all tracks have been remixed and remastered, is off the hook.  BG's fans are the full compliment of 'fan'… as in 'fanatic'.  I've never seen anything like it.  His live shows are an experience, his songs anthems, his personality contagious.  I personally can't wait to get the final CD!  This is really, really exciting."

Although he is one of the fastest-rising new Country artists of 2011, Gilbert’s already achieved two #1 hits as a songwriter. Gilbert co-wrote both “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” which were recorded by Jason Aldean for his Platinum-selling album, MY KINDA PARTY.

Gilbert’s true-to-life lyrics – coupled with his distinct, raw vocals – make HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE an album for fans of Country and Southern Rock alike. His online music video for “Kick It In The Sticks” has garnered over 5.8 million views, proving Gilbert already has mass appeal.

As we tour country wide each night, I continue to realize that my fans in the crowd are just like me. They are my closest friends because they listen to my music, they sing along with me and they have been through the same type of experiences. This album is essentially a storybook of my life and I am excited to see what those friends have to say about it,” says Gilbert.

The album’s original 12 tracks have been remixed and remastered to sound the way that Brantley originally intended.  The Deluxe Edition includes three newly recorded songs produced by award-winning music producer Dan Huff as well as videos for the hit single 'Country Must Be Country Wide' and the already-classic 'Kick It In The Sticks' and an up-close and  personal behind the scenes interview with Gilbert.

Gilbert, who is also known for his high-energy live performances and fiercely loyal fans, spent the earlier part of this summer on the Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour. Throughout the fall, he will continue to play shows across the country. To see when Brantley Gilbert will make a stop in your town, visit

1. Hell On Wheels (Mike Dekle, Brantley Gilbert)          
2. Bending The Rules And Breaking The Law
(Brantley Gilbert, Jeremy Spillman)  
3. Back In The Day
(Dallas Davidson, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip)
4. My Kind Of Crazy
(Rhett Akins, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip)
5. Kick It In The Sticks
(Rhett Akins, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip)      
6. Halfway To Heaven
(Brantley Gilbert, Mike Mobley Jeremy Spillman)
7. Saving Amy
(Bonnie Baker, Brantley Gilbert)
8. Country Must Be Country Wide**
(Mike Dekle, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert)
9. Take It Outside
(Brantley Gilbert, John Merlino)        
10. Them Boys
(Mike Dekle, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert)
11. Fall Into Me
(Brantley Gilbert, Mike Mobley, Jeremy Spillman)    
12. Dirt Road Anthem (Revisited) featuring Colt Ford
(Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert)
13. More Than Miles**
(John Eddie, Brantley Gilbert)   
14. You Don't Know Her Like I Do**
(Brantley Gilbert, Jim McCormick)
15. Hell On An Angel**
(Brantley Gilbert, Jeremy Spillman)   

16. Country Must Be Country Wide (Music Video)
17. Kick It In The Sticks (Music Video)
18. Brantley Gilbert Up Close             



The JuddsNashville, TN (August 12, 2011) – The Judds, one of the most successful Country music duos of all time, have been named #15 of Billboard Magazine’s Top 25 Country Artists from 1985-2011.  Earlier this summer, Billboard ranked the top 25 country artists of the last twenty-five years, combing their Country Songs and Country Album charts since 1985.

Kentucky natives, The Judds became country music’s sole successful mother-daughter duo and practically owned the country charts during the ‘80s.  Naomi and Wynonna shot to stardom with a cover of Elvis Presley’s  “Had a Dream (For the Heart)” in 1983, followed by heartfelt ballads such as “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days).” After launching their career with Curb/RCA Records, The Judds sold 20 million albums in just six short years.  All but two of The Judds’ 16 radio singles between 1984-1989 topped Billboard’s Country Songs chart.  By 1989, The Judds were one of the top-grossing and most popular touring acts in America, earning more than 60 industry awards, including multiple CMA, ACM and GRAMMY awards.  

Sadly, at the height of their career, Naomi Judd announced her impending retirement at the end of 1991 due to health complications. Their subsequent tour sold more concert tickets than any artist that year except for The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones. The pair reunited on Dec. 31, 1999, for a New Year’s Eve show, prompting a successful reunion tour, multi-media partnership and CBS Special in 2000 sponsored by Kmart.  Then, ten years later, after a performance at the 2009 CMA Music Festival, and with encouragement from their fans, the duo decided to tour another time for their 2010 tour, The Judds: The Last Encore.  During this significant time, they invited the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)  to document their journey.. In April 2011, their six-episode docu-series, “The Judds,” debuted with the highest rated premiere outside of OWN’s launch week. Viewers tuned in every Sunday night to watch the moving exploration of Wynonna and Naomi’s mother-daughter bond weaved throughout the backdrop of this momentous concert tour.

How This Chart Was Created
The Top Country Artists 1985-2011 ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Country Songs and Country Albums charts dated Jan. 5, 1985 – June 4, 2011.  Artists are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at the lower end of the chart earning the least.

Prior to the Country Songs chart’s implementation in January 1990 of monitored radio airplay by Nielsen BDS and the Country Albums list’s incorporation of point-of-purchase sales date from Nielsen SoundScan in May 1991, titles on those lists had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives.  To ensure equitable representation from all 25-plus years, earlier time frames were each weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen music data. (Used by permission)



Gray Continues to Climb Ranks with 30-year-old Soul / R&B Single

"Sandman" Checks in at #10, Trailing  
Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Train, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Others  

Nashville, TN (August 12, 2011) – Earlier this year, Doug Gray, lead singer of southern rock’s legendary Marshall Tucker Band released his debut solo album, Soul Of The South. "Sandman," included on the album and Gray’s first single, has continued to climb FMQB’s A/C Chart, since serviced to radio last May.  This week, the 30-year-old recording (originally produced in 1981) cracks #10, sharing the upper tier of the chart with Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Train, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic, among others.

“A Top Ten single as a solo artist is a first for me,” notes Gray.  “'Sandman’ has managed to break the barrier and is doing very well despite the fact that we recorded it over three decades ago.  The song, and entire album really, to me, is like a fine wine.  A little age has added a lot of flavor.”

In the music business, it’s not at all uncustomary for a band’s front man to stray away from the pack to explore a solo career.  Though Gray never left the Marshall Tucker Band, 30 years ago, he recorded a R&B / Soul album, featuring the band.  Gray was offered a major record deal, but only if he left Marshall Tucker after the solo album was recorded.  Needless to say, Gray stuck to his roots.

About Soul Of The South:

Dedicated fans and friends of the Marshall Tucker Band have always heard a touch of Soul in Doug Gray’s voice. From the band’s beginnings into the present day, his singing has tempered the group’s country leanings with a bluesy edge. Largely unknown even to MTB’s most hardcore followers, Gray actually cut tracks for a solo album nearly 30 years ago that fully explored his affinity for R&B.

“In 1981 I was offered the opportunity to sign a solo record deal by top music executives to sing Pop and Soul songs which were very popular at the time.  I loved singing these types of songs as I had been singing them for years going back to when I was a young boy in the early sixties. I was really into singers like Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and later, Al Green,” recalls Gray. “When [MTB lead guitarist] Toy Caldwell and I used to go out and listen to music, we’d always look for places that had Rhythm and Blues. That was the kind of stuff I did before we started the Marshall Tucker Band.”

“The Marshall Tucker Band was then signed to Warner Brothers and Tommy Caldwell had recently died in a car crash. The band was in between records so I had the time and I owned the studio so I recorded these soul songs and all the guys came in to help out as well as some other musician friends. I really felt good about the results but stopped short of completing a full album because it was time to do another MTB record and I felt a loyalty to the group so I put the tapes away, turned down the solo deal and continued with the band and never looked back until now. These songs are important because they are the only songs by the five living members of the band at that time that have never been released. They may not be your typical MTB songs written by Toy Caldwell but I think it shows how good the band was to come in and work on songs that were out of character and get the results we did,” Gray says with a smile.

As co-owner of Creative Arts Studio in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Gray was in a good position to work on a solo project in his spare time. He enlisted the help of engineer Billy Sherrill and a host of Nashville publishers in rounding up the right material to record. Out of a stack of 300 demos, he ended up choosing seven tunes by songwriters both famous and lesser known. Rounding out the song list was a spirited cover of the Spiral Staircase’s 1969 hit “More Today Than Yesterday.” Gray notes, “I recorded that song because Billy Sherrill bet me I couldn’t hit the high notes.”

Gray’s band mates were happy to help lay down tracks at Creative Arts. Original Marshall Tucker members Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, Paul Riddle and Jerry Eubanks all took part in the sessions, along with bassist Franklin Wilkie (who joined the band after the tragic death of Tommy Caldwell in 1980) and pianist Ronnie Godfrey. Also contributing to the Creative Arts sessions were such gifted Spartanburg-area players as keyboardist Michael Blithe and Rusty Milner who later replaced Toy Caldwell in the mid ’80s. After the basic tracks were completed, Gray and Sherrill finished up recording in Nashville, enlisting A-list players like bassist Bob Wray (known for his work with Ray Charles, B.B. King and other legends), keyboardist Mike Lawler (a veteran of sessions with everyone from the Allman Brothers to George Jones) and Terry McMillan on percussion.

Gray had reason to feel proud of the results. From aching ballads like “Still Thinking Of You” (co-written by star-to-be Michael Bolton) and “Don’t Blame It On The Rain” to funky upbeat tunes like “Never Enough” and “Who,” the tracks allow Gray to wail and testify with abandon. The after-hours elegance of “Sandman” contrasts nicely with the moody atmosphere of “Guilty” and the percolating groove of “Let Me Be The Fool.” Any number of these tunes might have scored high on the charts if they had been released as singles.

The release of Soul Of The South restores a missing chapter to the Marshall Tucker story. The band, by the time of these recordings, had several gold and platinum albums, hit singles and were one of the top concert draws of the seventies and early eighties. Playing and recording a wide variety of Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz and Pop songs in its own unique style, there was no one else like them. Beyond its historical value, this album is a prime slice of vintage Southern Soul, delivered straight from the heart.

In addition to Soul Of The South, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Marshall Tucker Band released The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits on April 5, 2011. The 14-track album includes MTB fan favorites including “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In A Love Song,” “Take The Highway” and “24 Hours At A Time.”

For additional information on Doug Gray and the Marshall Tucker Band, visit

Soul Of The South Track Listing:

1.  Let Me Be The Fool
2.  Who
3.  Sandman
4.  Guilty
5.  Don't Blame It On The Rain
6.  Never Enough
7.  Still Thinking Of You
8.  More Today Than Yesterday

The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits Track Listing:

1.  Take The Highway
2.  Blue Ridge Mountain Sky
3.  In My Own Way
4.  Fire On The Mountain
5.  Heard It In A Love Song
6.  Ramblin'
7.  Searchin' For A Rainbow
8.  I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You
9.  24 Hours At A Time
10.  Long Hard Ride
11.  Can't You See
12.  Too Stubborn
13.  This Ol' Cowboy
14.  Desert Skies

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